Superintendent Donald Fennoy

PALM BEACH SCHOOLS: Parents Forced To Make Permanent Learning Choice

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As COVID-19 Numbers Rise, School Board To Force Parents To Lock Kids In Distance or In-Person With No Switching

Superintendent Donald Fennoy
Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy during a September 30, 2020 School Board Meeting

BOCA RATON, FL ( — After telling parents for weeks that they could change from distance to in-person learning with a week’s notice, or in-person to distance with no notice, the Palm Beach County School Board right now is discussing a plan that would require parents to make a choice and stick with until until at least mid-January.

The plan, supported by embattled Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald, and several board members including Barbara McQuinn, the change is promoted as a way for schools to have more control over their numbers.

The school district believed more than half of the 180,000 student body would return for in-person learning last week, but only one third showed up. Teachers in some schools are complaining about teaching to students in a class while simultaneously teaching to students at home. This plan may be a precursor to dividing the two.

Under the plan, parents would have to make a decision by October 14th. That decision would be binding until the end of the semester. Parents would then have to make a new decision in early January that would hold for the rest of the school year.



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